Bengaluru, September 14: Despite topping the bowler rankings in various KSCA tournaments and leagues this year, KC Cariappa has not made the Karnataka squad for the upcoming Vijay Hazare tournament to be held here from September 20.
The ace spinner Cariappa bagged 41 wickets for Jawahar Sports Club (1) in the KSCA Group I, I Division, 25 scalps in the KSCA Dr. K Thimmappiah All-India tournament and 8 wickets in the recently concluded seventh edition of the Karnataka Premier League.
So why didn’t the senior selection committee pick him in the 15-member state team despite performing in all formats at a healthy average?
Even medium pacer Pradeep T. and Ronit More have failed to find a spot in the squad.
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Meanwhile, Karnataka will begin their domestic campaign at home against Maharastra at their home ground – M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The senior team selection committee has again handed over the captaincy to seasoned campaigner R. Vinay Kumar for the limited overs tournament.
All-rounder Naveen MG and opening batsman Abhishek Reddy have been rewarded for their efforts.
Former Karnataka and Railways captain Yere Goud will take charge as coach while the experienced Arvind S., who retired from domestic cricket, has been named the bowling coach.
The hosts will play their matches at three venues across the city – Chinnaswamy Stadium, Just Cricket and Alur Grounds.
Team: Vinay Kumar R (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Samarth R, Karun Nair, Pavan Deshpande, Stuart Binny, Gautam CM (WK), Gowtham K, Shreyas Gopal, Mithun A, Prasidh Krishna, Suchith J, Abhishek Reddy, Naveen MG, Sharath BR (WK), Coach: Yere Goud, Bowling coach: Arvind S.
Schedule (Elite Group A):
Sep 20 – Karnataka vs Maharashtra, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium – 9 AM
Sep 21 – Karnataka vs Mumbai, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium – 9 AM
Sep 24 – Karnataka vs Goa, Just Cricket Academy Ground – 9 AM
Sep 26 – Karnataka vs Baroda Just Cricket Academy Ground – 9 AM
Sep 30 – Karnataka vs Vidarbha, Alur (2) – 9 AM
Oct 04 – Karnataka vs Railways, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium – 9 AM
Oct 06 – Karnataka vs Himachal Pradesh, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium – 9:00 AM
Oct 08 – Karnataka vs Punjab, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium – 9 AM